Overwatch 2 will “have to make some compromises” to run on Switch, focus is on gameplay

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In a recent AMA on the Overwatch subreddit, Blizzard technical director John Lafleur clarified that, while Overwatch 2 is indeed still coming to Switch, the team has its work cut out for it in making a great port, and compromises will have to be made. Lafleur indicated that the Switch version of the game has been the most challenging to develop so far. According to Lafleur, Blizzard’s goal is to fully translate the gameplay experience, and then build up everything else to whatever extent possible. You can read the full question and answer below.

Question: Some of the changes and new features to Overwatch 2 look incredible, such as the higher detail, new way of rendering eyes and hair, and one I especially remember from the gameplay trailer and Rio mission, the giant null sector ship in the sky. Now, all these changes look amazing, but as a solely switch player, I am starting to get worried that the switch will just [not] be able to cope with these upgrades. PvP will probably run smoother (with only 9 other heroes in screen, maybe a B.O.B., with the 5v5 change). Is the game still planned to release in the Nintendo switch, and if it is, what compromises are having to be made (I expect that they would be mainly in PvE.

Lafleur: As hardware has advanced since the launch of Overwatch, we are extending the OW2 engine with more high-end features. However, we’re also working hard to make sure all of our platforms get the best experience, even in PvE. Switch is a little more challenging than some, and we’ll have to make some compromises there. For that reason, some of the higher end visual enhancements might not be visible, there. We’ll focus on making sure all of the gameplay-related features get in, first, and then accentuate with additional features as much as possible.

While Overwatch 2 should be able to build off of the successes of the original on Switch to some extent, it’ll be interesting to see how the sequel improves or falters compared to its predecessor. We gave the original game a 9 out of 10 on Switch and were impressed with how well it ran, but with the original already running 30 FPS (probably the minimum bar for an online FPS, if even), the Switch might not be able to handle anything that’s too much more intense. We’ll have to wait and see what Blizzard can cook up.

Nick Pearson
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